Friday, April 6, 2012

#AtoZ Challenge - F is for Fun

Christy here and while the word or topic of "Fun" may seem random, I can totally relate it to writing and our heros and heroines.

For a long time, I wrote serious stories with serious characters. I found after I'd given them such a hard backstory and opened the story with a serious inciting incident, that I was so depressed, I couldn't go on.
Gee-whiz... pretty bad with the author can't write the story because it's such a down and out topic.

I began to take a closer look at what stories I liked to read. Hm. Most everything I enjoyed reading was all about romance, sprinkled with some historical settings, and some contemporary stories with a first person POV (Thank you Lindi Peterson for Her Best Catch!). Nevertheless, all of these stories had a common thread beyond romance that I enjoyed... They were fun! 

While the characters may have had a tough past - perhaps you've got a widowed heroine like in Missy's book A House Full of Hope, there are still light-hearted moments with the children, or the heroine just trying to make life work by doing the best she can.

Or, in Deeanne Gist's stories of heroines who may have a serious goal in mind, like Tillie in Maid to Match who wanted a promotion at the Biltmore House, but enter her hero Mack who wanted nothing to do with Biltmore and ended up claiming Tillie's heart. Gist tends to have many laugh out loud moments and scenes that simply make the reader smile.

There are so many more of my favorite authors out there that have written stories that are fun. And they have an awesome message behind them. But most important for me, they take me away from my current stress in life and they make me laugh. They make me smile. They are fun.

So what I determined in my own WIP was that I needed to lighten up a bit.  Have a little fun.  I'm working on that, I promise.

Can you name the last funny book you read? Or one that just made you enjoy reading again? 


  1. Uhmm can't really think of a funny name as I read serious novels ...Dan Brown's .....But great Post :)

  2. Thanks for mentioning my book, Christy!

    I've had tons of fun reading young adult novels! Lots, too many to name. But most of the ones I've read have had funny stuff, even if dealing with serious problems the teens face. Lots of great writing!

  3. You know, I think reading serious books are enhanced with humor. A funny moment gives me a break as a reader and often drives a point home. Then it makes the intensity much more powerful because of the roller coaster of emotion.

  4. Thanks for the shout-out, Christy. I have to have humor--like you, it takes away the stress of the day-and I think it's just great to be able to laugh.
    I want to read Deeanne G's book. Will have to check it out.

  5. Youmna09 - I'm glad there is an audience for serious reads :)...

    Angie, Like you, I need that break. I like snarky comments too - the kind of humor you don't expect to find and the surprise is nice.

    Missy, Lindi, My pleasure :)

    I'll look forward to reading Angie's book when hers is released !